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The majority of the Concrete Bianco blend comes from De Fermo's 2.5 ha. of Pecorino (30 years average vine age) and 2.5 ha. of Chardonnay (the latter planted way back in 1926). In both cases, the fruit is harvested earlier than for De Fermo's single-variety bottlings of Pecorino and Chardonnay. The balance of the Concrtet blend is from an experimental half-hectare plot of Trebbiano and other varieties. All are certified-biodynamic and harvested by hand. The bunches are partly destemmed and partly left in whole clusters, macerated for a few hours, pressed in an old-school vertical pressoir and then fermented with native yeasts and no temperature control in tank. The wine is aged in concrete tanks--hence the very literal name--for 6-7 months and bottled without fining or flitering or sulfur (used judiciously at racking only). Concrete is classified as a Vino Bianco, so the only geographical indicator on the bottle is "L.A." for the locale of Loreto Apruntino.
The De Fermo family has called Loreto Aprutino home for generations. Family records show vines being cultivated there since 1100 and the family has had a presence in the area since 1785.
The current generation, led by husband and wife team, Stefano Papetti and Nicoletta De Fermo returned to the family farm's vineyards and olive orchards after having successful law careers in Bologna. The winery had not been in use since the mid 1950s.
Since resurrecting their family's cultural heritage in 2008, Stefano and Nicoletta have proven themselves to be stewards of their land and talented winemakers who understand that the best thing they can do is to intervene as seldomly as possible in the cellar and let Loreto Aprutino do the talking.
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